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Mastering Active Directory

By : Dishan Francis
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Mastering Active Directory

By: Dishan Francis

Overview of this book

Active Directory is a centralized and standardized system that automates networked management of user data, security, and distributed resources and enables interoperation with other directories. If you are aware of Active Directory basics and want to gain expertise in it, this book is perfect for you. We will quickly go through the architecture and fundamentals of Active Directory and then dive deep into the core components, such as forests, domains, sites, trust relationships, OU, objects, attributes, DNS, and replication. We will then move on to AD schemas, global catalogs, LDAP, RODC, RMS, certificate authorities, group policies, and security best practices, which will help you gain a better understanding of objects and components and how they can be used effectively. We will also cover AD Domain Services and Federation Services for Windows Server 2016 and all their new features. Last but not least, you will learn how to manage your identity infrastructure for a hybrid-cloud setup. All this will help you design, plan, deploy, manage operations on, and troubleshoot your enterprise identity infrastructure in a secure, effective manner. Furthermore, I will guide you through automating administrative tasks using PowerShell cmdlets. Toward the end of the book, we will cover best practices and troubleshooting techniques that can be used to improve security and performance in an identity infrastructure.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)

Auditing and monitoring Active Directory using inbuilt Windows tools and techniques

Microsoft does have inbuilt features and tools to monitor/audit Active Directory environments. In this section, we are going to review these features and tools and see how we can use them efficiently.

Windows Event Viewer

As an engineer, I am sure you are well aware of Windows Event Viewer. It is a built-in tool which can be used to view and filter event logs on a local or remote computer. Events in there are generated by the operating system, services, server roles, and applications. This is the most commonly used tool in Windows systems for auditing and troubleshooting purposes.

We also can write custom events to event logs. This is useful...